1/15/2014 8:56:00 AM Close game until 4th quarter for Cougars against Horizon Honors
Chino Valley Review
Chino Valley High School (CVHS) boys' basketball hit the ground running in January after a Christmas break.
The Cougars played Scottsdale Christian on Jan. 8, Horizon Honors on Friday at home, Saturday away against Wickenburg and faced Cortez Tuesday in Phoenix.
State Division-3 leader Scottsdale Christian was a powerful mismatch for the Cougars, according to Cougar head coach Chuck Smith.
Scottsdale overwhelmed Chino with a strong man-to-man defense, holding the visiting Cougars to 18 total points while scoring 80.
Horizon Honors (HH) visited Chino Valley Friday night and traveled home with a hard-earned 51-38 victory. Chino Valley and Honors played a close game with Chino leading going into the fourth quarter.
The Cougars were not able to execute their offense during the final eight minutes. The Eagles of HH scored a period high of 25 points as the Cougar defense struggled. Chino committed numerous fouls in the final quarter to send HH to the free-throw line and making eight out of 12 shots.
Chino Valley seniors Jeremiah Moeller, 16 points, and Branden Redfern, 13 points, led the Cougars' scoring.
Saturday's game at Wickenburg proved to be another struggle for the overmatched Chino squad. Chino played the Wranglers tough in the first half, but still trailed 17-25. The home team pulled away from the Cougars during the third quarter, leading 47-23. The final score was 59-38. Freshman, Blake Ely scored a season's and Cougar game high with 11 points, hitting on three 3-pointers.
Chino Valley's record now stands at 2-12. Game highlights and scores for Tuesday's game against Cortez were not available because it was after the Review's press time.
This week's games are all on the road - Friday at Phoenix's Valley Christian and Saturday in Flagstaff at Northland Prep. The next Chino Valley home game is Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., with Chandler Prep.